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Missing 28-Year-Old Woman Located: Police


Cheshire Police say that 28-year-old Shasta Ashley Gallop has been found in Wolcott and is in good health.

Gallop was reported missing at 7 p.m. Wednesday from her home at 134 Talmadge Drive in Cheshire. Police say Gallop has medical conditions that require prescribed medication and she was considered at risk.

According to police, Gallop was located thanks to the assistance of the public's response to a reverse 911 call.

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Polls: Clinton Leads in New Hampshire; Tied in Nevada


Democrat Hillary Clinton has jumped out to a nine-point lead in the battleground state of New Hampshire, while she’s tied with Republican Donald Trump in Nevada, according to two new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls.

In New Hampshire, Clinton gets the support of 45 percent of likely voters, and Trump gets 36 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson is at 10 percent and the Green Party’s Jill Stein is at 4 percent.

In a two-way race, Clinton’s advantage over Trump is eight points, 47 percent to 39 percent – up from her one-point lead last month, 42 percent to 41 percent.

In Nevada, meanwhile, Clinton and Trump are tied among likely voters, 43 percent to 43 percent, and Johnson gets 10 percent. Stein isn't on the ballot in the Silver State.

In a head-to-head contest in Nevada, Clinton and Trump remain tied at 45 percent each.

“In Las Vegas terms, the contest for Nevada’s six electoral votes is a ‘push’ right now,” says Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. 

According to Miringoff, Clinton could lose Florida, Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio – but still win the presidency by holding on to New Hampshire's four electoral votes and Pennsylvania.

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The 'Uber for Kids' Niche


New ride-hailing companies are going where the traditional ones can’t, targeting kids and their parents who need help juggling work and parenting responsibilities. 

Eleven-year old Coco, of Los Gatos, California, uses Zum app four days a week to get to home from school, get a snack and get to gymnastics when her parents are tied up at work.

“It makes me feel independent and lets me be without my mom being on my tail all the time. It’s nice to get a break from that sometimes,” Coco, said.

Zum is one of a handful of start-ups making inroads in the ride-hailing industry. Uber and Lyft drivers are not supposed to take unaccompanied minors, per company policies.

Enter companies such as San Francisco-based Kango and Los Angeles-Based HopSkipDrive, which also provide drivers with childcare backgrounds to busy Bay Area parents.

“Three o’clock to five was a stressful time for parents. A huge productivity loss for the company too,” said Ritu Narayan, who founded Zum in Belmont after a stint at Ebay. “Both of my kids were transitioning to school and suddenly I had this challenge of being in two or three places at the same time.”

Her company had 10 drivers when it launched last year. Now, more than 300 “Zumers” serve 3,000 families in the Bay Area and Orange County.

“All [the drivers] come from childcare experience. They go from phone interviews to in-person interviews. They are fingerprinted, background checked. They are Trustline certified, which is the gold standard for working in California,” Narayan said.

The majority of drivers are women: stay-at-home moms, nannies, teachers and graduate students looking to supplement their incomes.

Plus, there are army veterans such as San Jose’s Rosanna Nguyen, who home schools her four kids.

“Being a stay-at-home mom, you often feel hidden inside your house. You kind of feel left out,” Nguyen said.

After only two months on the job, she says she feels empowered, bringing in anywhere from $24 to $32 per hour.

“It feels really good too, as a financial contributor to my family. My husband was like, ‘Your confidence level has gone way up,’” Nguyen said.

The price for parents? Rides start at $8 for carpools and $16 for solo rides, with add on costs for babysitting.

Coco’s dad says the extra cost is worth the peace of mind. He receives notifications during every step of his daughter’s journey.

“Life before Zum was really hectic, chaotic and unfortunately sometimes not the best for Coco. It was, ‘Dad, dad, dad, dad, dad! Where are you? Where are you?” Bobby Napiltonia said.

For him at least, there is no guilt for not being able to leave work to drive his daughter to after school activities. He still takes Coco to school every morning and picks her up on Fridays.

Plus, Coco prefers it this way. Going it alone makes her feel all grown up.

“I like being independent because I’m an independent person,” she said.

Other specialized ride-hailing companies are popping up too. Coming soon: Lift Hero for seniors and SafeHer for women. The latter launched this fall in Boston and is coming to California sometime next year.

Narayan is planning on expanding to at least a dozen more regions throughout the U.S. next year.

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Cheshire Family Recounts Run-In with Rabid Skunk


Cheshire Animal Control is reminding residents to protect their families make sure pets are vaccinated after a family of five and their two dogs came into contact with a rabid skunk.

NBC Connecticut spoke exclusively with that family.

The Linehans spent Wednesday night at Yale-New Haven Hospital getting round one of rabies vaccines after running into a rabid skunk outside their home on Sycamore Lane in Cheshire Monday night.

“Honestly, I was terrified,” said Liz Linehan.

Linehan, who is running for state representative, said her two dogs came across the skunk Monday night. Then on Tuesday afternoon her kids found the same skunk dead underneath the family’s deck. The animal was sent to a state laboratory for testing where it came back positive for rabies.

“We did all come in contact with either the animal or some blood from the animal,” Linehan said.

The two dogs involved were up to date on their vaccinations and are being quarantined at home for the next 45 days. The family will go through three more rounds of shots over the next two weeks.

Cheshire Animal Control said they only test animals for rabies if they’ve come in contact with pets or people. They remind residents that rabid animals could be anywhere and to stay alert. The Linehans said they’re glad they’ve learned that lesson.

“Never approach a wild animal whether they are alive or dead,” Linehan said.

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Truck Catches Fire on I-84 in Southbury


Traffic was slow on Interstate 84 East in Southbury this morning after a tractor-trailer caught fire. 

The truck was carrying food and cleaning supplies, according to state police, and they said the brakes on the truck got hot before bursting into flames between exits 15 and 16. 

State police have moved the tractor-trailer off the highway and onto the exit 15 off-ramp and I-84 us back open. 

No one was hurt, but crews from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection were called out because of the hazardous material.

Follow Hanna Mordoh on Twitter for traffic updates.

1 Dead, 16 Injured as Fire Rips Through Apartments on Manhattan's Upper East Side


One man was killed and 16 people were hurt, one of them with life-threatening injuries, in a fire that overtook three Upper East Side apartment buildings and sent flames shooting 20 feet into the air on Thursday morning, officials said. 

Firefighters got the blaze under control shortly before 8 a.m. — nearly six hours after it started. Residents said they were awoken by people shouting "fire" in the street and others who were pounding on doors. 

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The blaze broke out around 3:30 a.m. and quickly overtook the upper part of the 93rd Street building. It eventually spread to the two adjoining buildings. The fire was so intense after 45 minutes that flames shot 20 feet into the air and embers and smoke fell across surrounding streets.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Lance Hayes, who lives in one of the buildings that caught fire, said someone knocked on his door to warn him. 

"When I opened the door, I smelled the flames, so we just got out. When we checked, it was just flaming at the top," Hayes said. 

Larry Garvin is a 12-year resident of the building that first caught fire. He said he was concerned about a man on the fifth floor who is in his mid-to-late 80s. 

"I thought of him when I came out, but there was no way that I could get up there," Garvin said. 

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A man who lived in one of the buildings was killed and an 81-year-old man was hospitalized with life-threatening. Fifteen other people — 11 firefighters and four civilians — suffered minor injuries, officials said. 

Fire officials described a harrowing scene as one firefighter worked to rescue the critically injured man. They said the firefighter was able to lower the man down using a rope but that flames coming out the window set the rope ablaze and it burned through just as the two of them reached the ground.

"A few more minutes and it would have been a totally different scenario," an official said.

Officials said the first building was damaged beyond repair but that the two adjoining buildings could be saved. There are about 10 to 20 apartments in each of the three buildings. 

Matt Bonaccorso streamed the fire live on Periscope from across the street. The video shows flames pouring out of the top of the building as chunks of debris fall to the ground below. Firefighters can be heard shouting to one another as the scene unfolds.

“You can feel the heat from here,” Bonaccorso says on the livestream. 

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A woman who lives over on 92nd Street said that she left her apartment after she heard a loud pounding.

"I saw flames going out the window and everything, and I was like 'Thank God I left.' You could see the embers landing on the roof of my building and smoke and everything. Really scary," she said.

The Red Cross arrived on the scene around 5 a.m. as groups of people stood by covered in blankets. It's believed that one of the buildings houses both apartments and a bed and breakfast. The organization said it was assisting nearly two dozen people early Thursday. 

Parts of First and Second avenues were closed to traffic and it was difficult  for motorists to get around in the area as dawn broke. Officials said drivers should expect extensive delays on the FDR Drive in both directions. Subway service was also affected; northbound B and C trains were bypassing the Museum of Natural History stop, causing delays on the blue and orange lines. 

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Smoky Boston Train Evacuation


Passengers were evacuated from a smoky MBTA train, some climbing out windows, in Boston's Back Bay during the Wednesday afternoon commute.

The train's doors did not open as smoke filled Back Bay Station, though the MBTA said its doors were not supposed to open. The train's motorman opened doors manually, while passengers evacuated themselves or with assistance from authorities. 

MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo initially told necn the train's motor overheated. The agency later said in a statement that the cause has yet to be determined, but that it was "most likely related to the motor."

At least three people were hospitalized for evaluation.

A video taken by Twitter user @cloudfrye and shared with necn shows responders rushing people off the Orange Line train.

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The user, identified as Claudia, says passengers were calm until police arrived.

"Basically everyone was calm and there was a ton of smoke outside the train and then a police officer starts hammering the window WITHOUT WARNING and then walks away and another police officer enters and screams for everyone to calm down," she wrote to necn. "Of course, everyone starts panicking and he opens the door and we get off the train."

Claudia said that people were jumping out of the windows and doors of other train cars, "probably hurting themselves trying to get out because of the incited panic."

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According to the MBTA, "some passengers began to self evacuate and were assisted by transit officers and the motor person" around 4:41 p.m. The agency said the fact that the doors did not open was not the result of a technical issue.

"Doors on the subway remained closed because the train had moved away from the platform. Doors did not malfunction. The motor person had begun promptly opening doors to allow passengers to evacuate safely, away from the live third rail," the MBTA wrote in a statement.

Boston fire crews evacuated the train station at 4:57 p.m., according to the MBTA. Service on the Orange Line's southbound side resumed at 5:41 p.m. and service the northbound side resumed at 6:15 p.m.

This isn’t the first time trains along the Orange Line have had trouble. In February, passengers were forced to flee after a strip of metal from the side of a train car fell onto the tracks near State Street and sparked a fire. The MBTA then inspected all 120 of its Orange Line cars and determined 13 of them needed to be repaired in order to prevent future issues.

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Ryan's Take: First Accumulating Snow of the Season is Here


A few flurries have started already this morning along the New York border and that will gradually spread east as the morning goes on. While this isn't going to be a big storm - some areas will see a bit of slippery travel later today.

The easiest way to explain why we're looking at snow is that we have a significant amount of dry air between the ground and 8,000 feet up. You can see that on this forecast sounding valid at 8 a.m. in Hartford. Notice the separation between the green line (dew point) and red line (temperature) in the lowest part of the graphic? That means you have low relative humidity - or dry air! 

In order to get snow flakes or rain drops to the ground from the clouds above this dry layer will need to disappear. As precipitation falls through and evaporates (or sublimates in the case of snow) - energy is expending by the surrounding air to evaporate the precipitation which causes the air to cool. This is evaporational cooling - and why we'll see a bit of snow today! 

A good way to look at the potential for snow is to look at the temperatures just above our heads. A good level is 925mb - which is approximately 2,500 feet up. Below is the temperature forecast (NAM) valid at 2 p.m. at 925mb which shows a solid area of <0C temperatures - especially northwest of Hartford. The second map shows the previous 3 hours of precipitation valid at 2 p.m. which indicates there is a sizable chunk of precipitation moving in at that time.

Putting it all together, a period of snow or a mix of rain and snow is likely in many towns. This includes the towns around New Haven on shoreline! However, the only places that are in the game for actual accumulation of snow will be the hill towns northwest of I-84 where temperatures near the ground will be just cold enough to see up to an inch of snow. 

This matches up well with the NCAR ensemble (one of my favorite tools as it is a good short range/high resolution set of models) showing a good chance that temperatures will be below 32F in the higher elevations of Litchfield County. Elsewhere in the Northwest Corner, even with temperatures near 33F or 34F, if the snow comes down hard enough there could be accumulation on paved surfaces.

Temperatures will warm later this afternoon and into this evening and any snow changes over to rain. There is a chance for some heavy rain and thunder during the overnight hours - particularly along the shoreline. If the warm sector (think temperatures in the low 60s) is able to move inland past Long Island Sound there is the potential for strong winds - up to 45 or 50 mph on the coast around midnight - particularly with any thunderstorms that develop. The NCAR ensemble has mean QPF (precipitation forecast) of over 1.0" in many locations. A good rain!

With a few flakes in the forecast - how common is October snow? Since 1905 (110 years) snow has been reported in the Hartford area on 45 calendar days but snow has only accumulated 4 times which includes the epic October 2011 snowstorm.

  • October 29, 2011 - 12.3"
  • October 10, 1979 - 1.7"
  • October 19, 1972 - 0.4"
  • October 30, 1925 - 0.1"
  • October 18, 2015 (and 39 previous days) - Trace

In the hills, it's a different story. There was a bit of snow on Saturday in Litchfield County and at the summit of Bear Mountain (over 2,000 feet) Jim Dayton sent in this picture of snow that had accumulated there.

In Norfolk, the Cooperative Weather Station at the Great Mountain Forest has picked up measureable snow 33 times in their 73 years of weather observing. A trace of snow occurs almost every October.

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Filmmaker Not Charged in Shooting


San Francisco filmmaker and activist Kevin Epps, who was arrested and released this week in the fatal shooting of a man inside his home, applauded the city's justice system Wednesday during an interview with NBC Bay Area.

Epps was arrested Monday on suspicion of homicide after 45-year-old Marcus Polk, was found shot to death in Epps' home in the city's Glen Park neighborhood. The award-winning filmmaker was released Tuesday after the District Attorney’s Office declined to charge him, citing a lack of evidence.

Epps said he couldn't provide details about the incident, but he and his attorney said the DA's office made the right decision. He cried and wiped tears from his eyes as he spoke to NBC Bay Area on Wednesday.

"I can’t really convey what I’m feeling because it’s highs, lows," Epps said. "This whole experience is still foreign to me. I’m just really about uplifting and empowering my people."

Epps has been doing that for the past 20 years through his films. He’s best known for documenting the effects of violence in San Francisco’s poorest neighborhoods in the documentary "Straight Outta Hunters Point." Epps, who is a board member of the Bay Area Black Journalists Association, also directed the 2006 documentary "Rap Dreams." 

Rudy Corpuz, the founder of youth anti-violence group United Playaz, said he was stunned when he heard Epps was arrested in the killing. 

"He’s a revolutionary; he helped many many people," Corpuz said.

Epps also never imagined he would become the focus of a homicide investigation.

"I can tell you it’s a case of self defense, and it was a shooting and a death," Epps' attorney, Mark Webb, said.

Investigators have said Epps and Polk knew each other. Polk’s son said Monday his father may have gone to Epps' home uninvited.

"If you don’t like that, call the cops," Polk Jr. said. "You don’t have to kill him, man."

Epps' release has not closed the case and there is the possibility there could be further charges, Webb said.

"That’s why we’re being very careful about what we say," the attorney said.

Both Webb and Epps applauded San Francisco’s criminal justice system for not pressing charges.

"There is justice for a black man," Epps said. "I got a lot of friends and stories, and I’m one of them. I thank San Francisco for making the right and just decision."

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Trump Hollywood Star Smasher Speaks


A man who had an ax to grind with Donald Trump was arrested Thursday morning after he destroyed the presidential candidate's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

James Otis, an heir to the Otis Elevator Company fortune, surrendered to police Thursday morning, his attorney said. Los Angeles police confirmed Otis was arrested.

More details about the arrest are expected Thursday morning, police said.

Otis said he's been arrested over two dozen times in the past for protesting various causes. He appeared Wednesday in a Deadline Hollywood video dressed as a construction worker in work boots, a high-visibility safety vest and helmet smashing the Trump star with an ax and sledgehammer.

"It was an act of civil disobedience, freedom of expression," Otis told NBC4.

Otis said his intent was to remove the star and auction it off to raise money for the women who accused the presidential candidate of sexually assaulting them.

"I did it, and I'm very happy I did it, and I'm proud that I did it," Otis said.

The Republican presidential candidate and former "Apprentice" host received the star in January 2007 for his role on the NBC show. The star is in the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard, a prominent location on the Walk of Fame not far from the Hollywood and Highland Center, and was discovered broken into pieces early Wednesday morning.

Otis said he camped out for several nights by the star to plan. On Wednesday, he brought his vest, helmet, tools and other items and went to work on clobbering the star. 

Otis said he takes full responsibility for his actions and promises to surrender to authorities, who were waiting to arrest him on charges of felony vandalism.

"This area has been identified as a California historical landmark location, and we are looking at any additional penalties or charges that could be attached," said Capt. Cory Palka of the Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Division.

Trump has faced accusations from 11 women of sexual misconduct in recent weeks as the presidential campaign enters its final stages. He has denied the accusations.

"I admitted I've broken the law, I've vandalized, I've stolen, and now I'm going to go get my punishment," Otis said. "And that's something Mr. Trump has never done."

The Hollywood star belonging to the New York business magnate and reality show personality has become a target during the presidential campaign, ever since Trump announced his candidacy last year. It has been defaced with spray paint and surrounded by a miniature wall in protest of Trump's plan to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Walk of Fame star recipients are selected by a committee that considers hundreds of applications each year. The stars are purchased for a $30,000, rather than gifted.

The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which said in a statement that the star will be repaired immediately. The repairs will take several days, and the star will be covered to protect it during that time.

"The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees," said Leron Gubler, President-CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. "When people are unhappy with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California state landmark. Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a difference by voting and not destroying public property."

NBC4's Nyree Arabian and Kim Baldonado contributed to this report.

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Northwestern Connecticut Towns Prepare for Snow


Ninety tons of salt that was delivered to public works in Norfolk Wednesday with the possibility of some snow accumulation in the forecast. And this was just one step in their preparation.

"We are prepared. As I spoke to my public works director this morning he would have been more concerned if it was happening in the hours of the morning prior to the sun," said First Selectman Susan Dyer.

The late morning arrival of the storm has been a major contributing factor to the towns preparations, John Allyn, the Norfolk road supervisor said.

"By that time it will be daylight and hopefully the temperatures will be up high enough so it does not accumulate on the grounds or on the trees."

The Department of Public Works is armed and ready with salt piled up, and plows ready to be put on the trucks.

Town officials said that with the warmer temperatures during the day, pre-treatment is not a concern. NBC Connecticut is forecasting temperatures back up to the 80s later this week.

But people around town don't mind the swing in temperatures.

"Ooh I look forward to the change in seasons that's what makes New England a great place to live so it's a little early but I don't know, I don't mind it," said Karen Smith of Torrington.

Snow in late October isn't uncommon. For the last 73 years, Litchfield county has seen at least a trace of snow in October. But there's also the opposite end of the spectrum.

"I can remember an election day where it was 80 degrees. So it's just a typical New England weather. You never know what it's going to be," Dyer commented.

And there's always the mindset that, this is New England after all, and by this weekend we'll be back in the 60's.

"It's not going to last. It's not going to be a big inconvenience. So let it come, definitely," said Steve Bosse of Thomaston.

Public works said they would be keeping an eye on the forecast all night long and be ready to treat the roads should need be Wednesday morning.

Election Day Safety Fears See Schools Cancel Classes


Many of the schools across America that house polling booths will not be open on Election Day for the first time after parents raised fears over violence.

Public schools, with their ample parking, handicapped-accessible spaces, and capacity to hold large crowds, have always made for popular polling places.

And while numerous states or cities have always closed schools on Election Day in past years, the particularly contentious nature of this presidential campaign has brought up more concerns than usual.

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$265M Settlement Amtrak Crash


A federal judge has approved a $265 million settlement for the victims of last May's deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.

The ruling from U.S. Judge Legrome D. Davis released Thursday sets up a settlement program where attorneys for each victim and Amtrak will negotiate how much money Amtrak will compensate each of the injured passengers.

There are more than 125 pending cases from the May 12, 2015, disaster. A speeding Northeast Regional train jumped a sharp curve in the city's Port Richmond neighborhood late that night, killing eight people and injuring more than 200.

The train broke apart after leaving the rails at more than 100 mph. Some cars overturned, others sliced through steel electrical structures and one was crushed like a aluminum can. Four of the passengers killed were ejected from the train.

Federal investigators said the train was traveling at twice the speed limit as it prepared to turn north toward New York City following a stop at 30th Street Station.

Engineer Brandon Bostain lost his bearings after a rock hit the windshield of another train, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled. Bostain told investigators he didn't remember the derailment.

The settlement ruling calls for all pending cases to be settled within 2 1/2 years. The settlement is $30 million shy of a $295 million federal cap on damages. Last year, the cap was raised from $200 million following the derailment

Davis and attorneys leading the litigation — Thomas Kline, Fredrick Eisenberg and Robert Mongeluzzi — call the amount fair and say victims will be spared years of court proceedings.

"While no amount of compensation can replace the loss of human life, or heal the injured, it is immensely significant that the legal aspect of an incident of this magnitude will be resolved in a fraction of the time it could have taken," Mongeluzzi said in a statement.

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West Haven High School No Longer Evacuated


West Haven High School was briefly evacuated Thursday morning because of the odor of gas, but the fire department has has given the all-clear for students to return to class. 

The Facebook account for the school department said students are returning to their fifth period classes.

Students were kept at the rink and pool during the evacuation.

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Murray or Hanks? Oil or Paint? Images Befuddle the Internet


Last year, it was a photo of a dress that left viral internet watchers questioning their color perception. Now it’s a picture of actor Bill Murray — or is it Tom Hanks? — with a crying toddler and a photo of paint-spattered — or shiny? — legs that have internet users scratching their heads. 

The first image shows a pair of legs with what looks to be light bouncing off of them. Some wondered if the legs were wet, while others thought they were covered in oil.

The photo was originally posted online in September, but was re-posted this week and went viral in a matter of hours.

The second image is of actor Bill Murray standing behind a crying toddler. But some viewers are convinced the man behind the baby is actually actor Tom Hanks.

The photo was apparently taken three years ago in St. Andrew's, Scotland, but has since resurfaced. After the debate raged, the toddler's mother confirmed on Facebook that it is indeed Murray in the photo. 

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Analysis: Hacked Memo Reinforces Worst Perception of Clintons


A 2011 memo from Douglas Band, a longtime aide to Bill Clinton, makes the case that his "multiple roles had served the interests of the Clinton family and its charity" and "detailed a circle of enrichment," the Washington Post reported.

The memo, which is part of the WikiLeaks dump of hacked emails, makes clear how inseparable the Clinton Foundation was to business interests, according to NBC's First Read team.

It reinforces the worst perceptions of the Clintons, but it's possible that the memo is already "baked into the cake of this presidential race," according to First Read.

While the Clinton campaign has refused to acknowledge the authenticity of the previous WikiLeaks emails, this one was confirmed by Teneo, the company that Band co-founded.

That puts pressure on Clinton and her campaign to address it, according to First Read.

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Halloween-Ready Richard Sherman: 'I'm Definitely a Wizard'


Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman cast a spell over a press conference Wednesday, when he dressed as a Gryffindor and said he was a wizard. 

Clad in a robe and Harry Potter's signature scarlet-and-gold tie, the NFL player waved a wand while answering questions about football and his wizarding world. He said that "The Order of Phoenix" is his favorite book in the Harry Potter series and compared America's favorite sport, football, and Potter's favorite, quidditch. 

"Five quarters of football is pretty tough, but quidditch — the beaters, the chasers, trying to find the golden snitch, things like that — that's tough," Sherman said, referring to the gritty 6-6 tie his team played on Sunday night against the Arizona Cardinals. "Five quarters of football, though, in the elements, I'd say that'd take the cake."

Sherman is known around the league for his shut-down defense, penchant for trash talk and willingness to address major issues facing American society at press conferences. Last month, Sherman showed his support for players who kneel during the national anthem by walking out of a press conference.

But Wednesday, Sherman faced the press with a much more light-hearted topic in mind, possibly because he recently got back from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando: "I just went to Harry Potter land. I felt like that was home."

He plans to rock his "Hogwarts student" costume on Monday night, when he takes his son trick-or-treating. And in lieu of an invisibility cloak, Sherman has a sure-proof disguise to hide from paparazzi.

"This is all you've got to do," he said, slipping on a pair of glasses. "Clark Kent did it. You've just got to put the glasses on. Bam, no longer Richard Sherman. Can't even tell anymore, right?"

When asked about his health after Sunday's game, Sherman stayed in character to describe his symptoms, whcih presented as heat exhaustion.

"Well, I'm definitely a wizard, so if you're asking if I feel like a Muggle again, I don't," he said, after being asked if he felt "human" again. "But I started feeling better probably around late yesterday, last night, just getting more fluids in me and more energy, legs started getting back under me."

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Cars Destroyed in Garage Fire in East Windsor


At least one car was destroyed and several others appear to be damaged after fire broke out at a detached garage in East Windsor Thursday morning.

The garage is near a house on Abbe Road, but the fire did not spread to the home and no injuries are reported.

The Broad Brook Fire Department, East Windsor Ambulance East Windsor police, along with crews from the Warehouse Point Fire Department, as well as Enfield and South Windsor, responded to the scene.

A neighbor saw smoke around 9:50 a.m. and knocked on the homeowner's door. He said he saw flames and heard paint cans popping.  

The homeowner works on cars, according to a neighbor, and fire officials said several tires were in the garage, which created a lot of dark smoke.

There were also propane tanks nearby, but there were no issues with them.

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First Accumulating Snowfall of Fall 2016


The first accumulating snow of the fall of 2016 has begun sticking in parts of the state and some Connecticut residents are glad to welcome an early taste of winter.

"I'm ready! It's a little early, but I'm ready," said Janine Tesbir, of Southbury, who got her snowboots and a hat out this morning. "I feel like we got a pass last year for winter, so I have a feeling it might be a bit of more snow this year."

Last week, temperatures across the state were in the 80s, but the summery weather is gone and now many towns are getting some snow.  See Ryan's take on the first accumulating snow of the season. 

John Bucci, of New Fairfield, said he and his car are ready for winter.

"It's a long time coming from last year," he said. "My truck is all ready to go with heavy tires and whatever."

Goshen is also getting a light coating of snow. 

"It feels good to me," Gail Olsen, of Goshen, said. "It feels clean, fresh. Look, it's beautiful! it looks better than those dreary old brown trees. I'm good with it."

While it's snowing now in parts of the state, temperatures will eventually rise above freezing, leading to mostly rain for the whole state by late afternoon.

Get the full forecast here.

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SUV Runs Into Westport Building


An SUV ran into a Westport store on Thursday afternoon, the fire department said. 

At 4:33 p.m., the Westport Fire Department was dispatched to the business located on Post Road East. 

Firefighters found the SUV partially into the front of the building and the two people inside unharmed. 

The store was unoccupied are the time of the crash.

Officials stabilized the SUV in place and inspected the integrity of the building, the fire department said. 

The scene was cleared by 5:10 p.m.

Photo Credit: Westport Fire Department
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